SLUK Exclusive: new Vespa GTS rumours
SLUK has been hearing rumours of a new version of the Vespa GTS due this autumn.
Sadly for those looking for more performance, it doesn’t look like there will be an upgrade to the powerful 350cc engine of the Beverley and X10. Instead the venerable GTS will be given a ‘face-lift’ to bring the styling more up to date, or possibly more retro…
Given the way that the Vespa LX was upgraded to the Primavera by sharpening the lines and taking styling cues from the retro-inspired 946 model, we wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar happen to the GTS.
Considering the biggest Vespa’s continued popularity it would be nice to see Piaggio do something radical with the brand in their 70th anniversary year, but will they risk spoiling a popular recipe? Probably not.
Don’t be surprised if the styling upgrades are mostly changes to the easily modified plastic parts (horncasting, mudguard, headset, lights etc) and the main chassis remains largely unaltered. After all, that path of small incremental changes worked fine for the Vespa PX for 40 years…
GTS styling upgrades
Meanwhile the world is not standing still waiting for Piaggio’s restyle. SIP have just released their 20-spoke wheels for the GTS which provide a very pimped look. SLUK revealed them first in this video. These wheels are TuV approved and therefore road-legal throughout Europe. The launch retail price is approximately £128.
The wheels are a straight fit to all pre-ABS models (unlike some of the MP3 wheels) but “with Vespa GTS 2014 models with ABS, the ABS sensor has to be slightly repositioned using spacers (minor wheel offset).”
Three different versions are available:
- matt black
- matt black with polished sides
For more info see here.
GTS performance upgrades
If you want more power then you’ll need to carry on down the tuning route and could do well to read this article. SLUK has heard rumours about even more interesting tuning upgrades for the GTS that might make the 30hp barrier a thing of the past. Remember where you read that first…
If you are interested in the comfort and performance offered by a Vespa GTS300 and don’t want the latest model then there are some cracking deals to be found on non-ABS Euro-3 models which dealers need to shift before the end of the year.
We’ve heard rumours of discounts of up to £1,000 on these older models which still perform just as well as new ones. Apart from the ABS and traction control, you only sacrifice a front suspension upgrade and some electrical gimmicks. For a 20% saving, and particularly with the offer of 0% finance, that’s still a hell of a deal.